Y’all know that I love me a good violet.
This isn’t a good violet.
Laura Mercier Violette was recently discontinued, and with good reason: it is unpleasant, obnoxious and vulgar. It’s not even particularly violet-y! The strongest note in Violette is raspberry. Frankly, I don’t know if raspberry has ever really been used successfully in perfume (please feel free to indignantly call me out if I am wrong), and this raspberry note is certainly no exception. It is loud, overly synthetic, and totally overwhelms the small amount of violet that is present at the beginning. I could never have imagined saying such a thing, but this fragrance makes me miss Guerlain Insolence. Insolence struck a better balance between raspberry and violet.
You are likely to find Laura Mercier Violette at discounters, as I did, but even at a discounted price this isn’t worth it. It’s one of the least enjoyable fruity florals that I have ever smelled.
2 thoughts on “Laura Mercier Violette”
Have you tried Andy Tauer’s Une Rose Vermeille? It has a very nice fresh raspberry note, which in my opinion is more noticable than the rose. It’s really pretty but if I’m shelling out for Tauer prices I’d go for one of the incense bombs or URC.
Sadly I haven’t tried any of the Tauers 😦 I am desperate to try that L’air du desert morocain one. His whole line sounds fantastic, but my internet ineptitude means that I rarely go after fragrances that can only be acquired online. But URV sounds lovely and I am glad to be corrected!